(Carlisle, Pa.) - Dickinson Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach David Bojalad has announced that he will be leaving the programs to accept the same position at his alma mater, Occidental College, in Los Angeles, California.
Bojalad '94, who was an All-SCIAC selection and team captain for Occidental's men's team in 1993 and 1994, takes over for Rachel Manasse who accepted a position at USC.
Bojalad returns to Occidental with 15 years of experience as a college coach, including 12 years as a head coach, and as a proven recruiter.
"As an alum and former coach, David has a great deal of familiarity with and passion for Oxy athletics," Oxy Dean of Students and Interim Athletic Director Rob Flot said. "This, along with David's proven success as a collegiate coach, makes him an ideal fit to lead our women's and men's tennis teams in years to come".
Bojalad has been with the Red Devils for the past two seasons and used strong recruiting efforts to build the rosters on both squads. The men's team turned in some outstanding performances at the recent ITA Southeast Regional Championships. The Red Devils captured the title in the A-Flight of doubles while first-year Leonid Sorkin (St. Petersburg, Russia/University of Nebraska High School) knocked-off a pair of conference standouts from Johns Hopkins while advancing to the semifinals of the championship flight in singles.
The Red Devil men improved from a 4-11 record to 9-8 last season, posting back-to-back 3-6 marks in the Centennial Conference. The women's team went 5-5 in the conference play for the past two seasons, improving from 6-9 to 9-9 last spring.
Bojalad spent eight years serving in various roles as the head men's and women's coach and director of tennis at SCIAC Occidental rival Whittier College. He was Occidental's head men's coach from 2002-2004 when it was a part-time position and has also been an assistant coach with the men at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for two seasons from 2000-2002.
After graduating 1994 with a B.S. in psychology, he went on to earn a master's degree in kinesiology/sports psychology from San Diego State University. He is USPTA Certified. He is set to start on November 5.
A national search is under way to fill the position.